School Details

Hope Church School

6707 Old York Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19126
(215) 927-7770
1

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 242 students 12 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

26%
80%
37%
74%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

23%
83%
46%
72%
46%
82%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

9%
73%
9%
65%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

8%
77%
25%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

17%
80%
25%
76%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

0%
76%
43%
80%
7%
60%
64%
73%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hope Church School is a private high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Hope Church School is Raahsahn A Bowden. 242 children attend Hope Church School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Hope Church School is 12:1. Imhotep Institute Charter High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 98% %
Hispanic 1% %
White, non-Hispanic 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The school year 2011/2012 was the first year that my son attended Hope Church School and I would not recommend this school to anyone. First the teachers are very unprofessional and there is no disipline or structure. The school is not well organize and the lunchroom is in the basement with mold smell.You do not get the your money worth with this school. I did not enroll my son for the 2012/2013 school year. This school did not prepare him for the 8th grade.

  • (3 years ago)

    HCS does offer some benefits however has a lot of areas that are in need of improvement. They truly promote the Lord and loving Him as first priority. The children sing memorize scriptures have a curriculum based on His principles. I love that my child can ask questions talk about and sing songs to the Lord all day long. But I have had to supplement his academics. When we came I was told that he would be able to move at his own pace through the workbooks as long as he tested well on the content. Not so. Many of the staff are unprofessional talking on phones their personal business and that of other students DURING CLASS TIME with all of the students present. They unfortunately over shadow the other faculty and staff that are excellent. Suggestions to help improve are not received rather they act shocked that there is need for such suggestions. Unfortunately it appears that the staff leaders are more about pretending that everything is well rather than acknowledging their shortcomings and fixing them. The idea of this school is awesome the execution not so great.

  • (3 years ago)

    Everyday that I drop my children off and picked them up the teachers are on their ipods cellphone or whateva gadget they have. Not paying attention to the children. My daughter hates going to school everyday casue she says the teachers yells at her and when I ask if my child was doing anything wrong? They always say is so good. The best child in the class. So who is doing all the yelling and why. We don't yell at our children we talk and discipline with punishment. Then another another father parent and I walked into the classroom and someone had wrote PK-5 shut up on the broad. WOW!!! After that incident. I pulled my child out of HOPE CHURCH SCHOOL the following week!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The preschool is excellent. However the school is the worst. You pay all that money and your child is not learning for the price you pay. I am a very concerned parent who pays close attention to my child and her school work. My daugther has been reading since she was three. Everyday I ask her what did she learn and she tells me nothing that she doesn't already know. The homework is for a preschool child. They are learning their shapes and colors. ???Phonics and reading should be taught in Kindergarten. You pay all this money for books and they didn't receive their books until 2 months into the school year. Everyday the children are running around & yelling. I askes the teacher every week how was my child doing in class and all she says is excellent but we still havent gotten into the good work yet. When then?

  • (4 years ago)

    I was totally surprised school yr 2009/10. First the 7th and 8th grades were in the same room with one teacher. Second the same class (7th and 8th) would be in the building across the street from the main building therefore the class was crossing in the middle of the street in front of traffic safety was a BIG concern. I was totally disappointed the whole school yr and would never enroll my children again. The teachers (that my children had) were very nice contacted you every chance they get (to keep you aware of things) also no school nurse on site. A new building is needed to place everyone (lower school) together. No formal lunchroom no lockers for students things book bags were all over the small classrooms. The aftercare was a mess kids not doing what they are told no homework was getting done.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have never read any parent speaking about the preschool/daycare which is better. Any parent who has babies through kindergarten have luck. The setting is very nice children do learn a lot over there. All the teachers over there are very nice and they communicate with you...you can call anytime of the day and speak to your child's teacher. (even if they are in the middle of something) they also have assistants who help out. Who are also very nice. The preschoolers even wear uniforms. The curriculum is also an excellent one they have lesson plans for the parents to view homework is on a daily basis. Parent involvement is encouraged! The upper school...across the street (grades 1-6) teachers are very nice also they even give you their personal cell numbers in case you need to speak to them anytime. My children in the upper school has had good teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    Classrooms are small and too many students in them. Desks are old and outdated. School is unorganized gym and lunch in the basement with patio furniture for the kids to eat on. Never seen a school nurse I am very disappointed in the school it is not what I was told

  • (4 years ago)

    My Grandson goes to HCS in the 1st grade this is his first year and you can best and believe it is his last year. The school is unorganized not that clean and its smells on some days. I have never seen a school nurse and the lucnh room is a basement with porch chairs for the children to eat on that is a joke for the kind of money they charge. A big dosapointment I see all the other rave reviews I dont know what school they are talking about maybe they play favors which I am not surprised. Sign Diaspointed

  • (5 years ago)

    I heard good things about this school Hope Church so I decided to enroll my daughter. Since she has started I have been very unhappy. My daughter is in the first grade. I find her teacher to be very unorganized. the staff are unprofessional and they are not very nice considering they are supposed to be Christians. I thought the curriculum was supposed to be excellent and it is so easy for her it's pathetic. The environment is awful they never showed me the lunchroom/basement before she enrolled when I asked to see the school. Well let me tell you it is horrible. It stinks and it is dirty. I was in awe. They do not put any money into the school to make it a better environment. It was the worse decision I have made. I am currently looking into finding her a new school because this one is unacceptable.

  • (5 years ago)

    Hope Church School is a wonderful school! The teachers are great and so are the support staff. If you are looking for a place that is spiritual has a great academic program and still fun for yor child this is the place! If you have smaller children check out the preschool. My children have learned so much at a young age and still had fun. They never want to go home. They love it! You will have to pay but every dime is worth it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 2 children attending this school one for 7 years and one for 4 years. In previous years I had some problems but this year has been bad! The classes are small (which I like) but sometimes they push your kids through even if don't know the work. As far as kindness some of the staff have it. I've caught a couple of teachers in lies about students. Don't get me wrong I don't dislike the school.. it's a good school in academics. Just stop asking for so much money outside of tuition..this is a resession!!! and be truthful about things instead of trying to sweep it under the rug!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have read the comments and I often search on this site for reviews on different schools. Overall I belive the education is very good. I believe tht they give way to much homework which sometimes takes away from the children retaining things. Some of the children are out of control but no more than any other school. Most of the teachers are amazing. I have only had an issue with one teacher. I felt like she did not care about her job or the students. She even made a comment that when she has children they will not be like her students. All and all I loke the school for my son.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hope Church School is a very good school. I love the staff as well as my peers. They try to instill in us principles that will help and guide us through life. Yes we have problems but no one is perfect we are striving to perfection. With the Lord's help they try to their very best. They are patient. The teachers really care about their students. We are a family at that school. If you want your child in a small class with good curriculum and is willing to pay Hope Church School is one you should consider. God Bless. I love my School! -Adrea

  • (6 years ago)

    I am extremely disappointed in this school. I feel I am not getting my money's worth. My daughter has attended this school for the last 2 years and each time I went to the school I was dissapointed with the teachers as well as the Principal & staff and the children always seemed to be out of control even to the point of fighting & using profanity. I thought because it was a private christian school it would be alot more structured than what it is but often times the children were running around wild & unsupervised at dismissal time. For the last year my daughter was struggling in class but they seemed to just pass her along without following thru with any request I may have had pertaining to her progress. I'm currently in the progress of finding a new school for my daughter.

  • (6 years ago)

    loving school its not like any other school they have so much love and support so therefore the school is 4 ever in my heart 07

  • (6 years ago)

    First and for most Hope Chuch School is a school doing great things. I have read the comments before my post and I agree with most of them saying that hope is a wonderful school it may be a little expensive but when you think about your childs education it really is worth it. I must say that as a Graduate of Hope I recommend that if you have a child and you want your child to be in a smaller class size where there is a more one on one attention Hope is your school. SaVonne

  • (6 years ago)

    HCS is alright the tuition is expensive. The children get taught well. HCS does has some discipline issues with some students that need to be squared away. You definitely pay for everything their nothing free their. Every school have their ups and downs. HCS is definitely one of them.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers and support staff at this school really care about the children. They will call parents immediately when things happen they will stay late they give money if needed also they will pray.

  • (7 years ago)

    HCS is a great Christian Experience for your children. My daughter has been attending for eight years now and its been very costly but trust and believe me when I tell you its been worth it. It sadden my heart to hear anything negative about anything or body that's trying to make the diffrent in our children life. All that dont think of HCS as God sent then good luck in finding something better. [My daughter] is there to stay because when she hungry she will eat if she needs a ride home she got it if she needs to feel special for the day well those need are met to so if you want somene to love on you children and build their self esteem then HCS is for you and your child. If you are looking for a free hand out then good Luck somewhere else. God Bless Arletha Williams

  • (7 years ago)

    Incredible! Very personable staff. My children love it. They learn so much. They will be there until twelfth grade. ---- A pleased parent.

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